Jay-Z and Kanye West Feud Back? Rapper Fires Shots at Donald Trump Supporter on Meek Mill Album 'Championships'

Jay-Z Takes Shots at Kanye West on Meek Mill New Album
Kanye West and Jay-Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station, in New York, on March 30. Jay-Z fired shots at West in a new song on Meek Mill’s new album, “Championships.” Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

As if there was any question about where Jay-Z stood on Kanye West's love and support of President Donald Trump, the rapper made his feelings regarding his protégé's relationship with the commander in chief crystal clear in a new song. Jay-Z made a guest appearance on Meek Mill's new album Champions, released Friday, and fired shots at his former pal, seemingly reigniting their age-old feud.

Mill's 19-track album includes the song "What's Free," featuring Brooklyn-born Jay-Z and Maybach Music Group owner Rick Ross. On the track, Jay-Z raps: "No red hat, don't Michael and Prince me and Ye / They separate you when you got Michael and Prince's DNA / I ain't one of these house n***as you bought / My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours / My spot—c'mon, man—my route better of course…"

West has publicly shared his support of Trump since the president won the White House back in 2016. Over the course of the year, West has made headlines for praising Trump in Twitter rants, including one instance where he called the 45th president his "brother" and said they both are "dragon energy." Not to mention, West appeared on Saturday Night Live sporting one of Trump's famous red Make America Great Again caps while delivering a bizarre pro-Trump rant following the show in October.

Jay-Z and West's history extends back to 2000, although the rappers initially started out as friends when West was first recruited to produce for Roc-A-Fella Records, a label founded by Jay-Z and his former business partner Damon Dash. Jay-Z and West's working relationship eventually turned into a friendship, and West even dedicated a song to Jay-Z, "Big Brother" off his 2007 album Graduation. The duo dropped a collaboration album together, Watch the Throne, which broke iTunes Store records after nearly 290,000 downloads were made within the first week of sales in 2011.

The rapper's friendship took a turn when Jay-Z and his wife, superstar singer Beyoncé, failed to attend West's 2014 wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian. West blasted the couple during a California concert in 2016. "Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over "Hotline Bling." In my opinion—now, don't go trying to diss Beyoncé. She is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal," he said.

He continued: "But sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win. F**k winning. F**k looking cool. F**k looking cool. F**k being cool. F**k all that, bruh! I've been sitting here to give y'all my truth even at the risk of my own life. Even at the risk of my own success, my own career. I've been sitting here to give y'all the truth. Jay-Z, call me, bruh. You still ain't calling me. Jay-Z, call me. Aye, bruh, I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me."

Jay-Z later addressed West's rants in 2017. "What really hurt me was, you can't bring my wife and my kids into it… Like, Kanye is my little brother. He's talked about me a hundred times. He even made a song called 'Big Brother.' We've gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it's a problem," he explained in an interview released on his music streaming service TIDAL.